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Family Resemblances (1996)

Un air de famille (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 12 June 1998 (USA)
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

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Cédric Klapisch

Writers:

Agnès Jaoui (play), Jean-Pierre Bacri (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Henri
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Denis
Catherine Frot ... Yolande
Agnès Jaoui ... Betty
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Madame Ménard - la mère
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Philippe
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Le Présentateur
Sophie Simon Sophie Simon ... La Mère 1967
Cédric Klapisch ... Le Père 1967
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Le Voisin
Chantal Gouard Chantal Gouard ... Une amie de la mère
Viviane Ordas Viviane Ordas ... Une amie de la mère
Aurélie Remacle Aurélie Remacle ... Betty 1967
Nicolas Taeb Nicolas Taeb ... Henri 1967
Ludovic Taeb Ludovic Taeb ... Philippe 1967
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Storyline

An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Leisure Time Features

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Resemblances See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,637, 12 June 1998

Gross USA:

$316,872, 28 June 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Yolande: What use is it to keep a paralysed dog in the house?
Denis: Think of it as a decoration. It's like a rug, but alive.
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Referenced in Un petit jeu sans conséquence (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Come prima
Written by Jacques Larue, Mario Panzeri (as M. Panzeri), Sandro Taccani (as S. Paola Taccani),
Vincenzo di Paola (as V. Di Paola)
Performed by Dalida
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A Compassionate Klieg Light on "Familliar" Dysfunction
10 April 2000 | by sgbSee all my reviews

I was enthralled by this filmed play of an evening in the life of a family driven to a peak of "dysfunction," but through it all held together by the glue of love, however imperfect (as it always is).

The movie is a comedy in the sense that it makes you laugh at, with, and sometimes in spite of the kaleidoscopic display of personal and interpersonal flaws, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities that it illuminates through its crack cast of closely observed and defined characters. Few if any of them fails to reveal a different side to their personality with each turn of the kaleidoscope. These are complex people - just like the real kind. And the fact that the script, the camera, and the direction simultaneously lay bare their suffering/insufferable humanity (and their unique virtues) while evoking sympathy, fondness, and identification with each one of them is what, to my mind, raises Un Air de Famille from the level of good artistry to that of redeeming social value: art with a heart.

Syd Baumel


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